Ready steady garden – Lilian Faithfull Care in Bloom

At Lilian Faithfull Care we have launched our very own summer garden competition across our five care homes and two adult day care hubs in Gloucestershire. And the care home Charity is on the lookout for donations of garden items and for people to judge the patches on Thursday 12 August.

As the care sector steers it’s way out of what has been surreal times during Covid-19, this garden project gives our staff and those we care for, the chance to have some fun together in their lovely green spaces.

The garden project competition will give all residents and day guests the opportunity to get green fingered and be outdoors. Including staff as well across all job roles – Carers, Activity Co-ordinators, Domestic, Catering, Maintenance and Management. The project was inspired and created by Rita Harris their new Care Quality Manager, and will be led by each Manager – with a little healthy competition.

Each of our care homes and day care hubs sit within beautiful grounds and gardens which give a lovely safe space for residents and day guests to enjoy.  The gardening clubs are one of the most popular activities and with this in mind the gardening competition will create a new focus for the ongoing interest of residents, day guests and staff alike

The care homes and day hubs will create and grow a patch in their garden using everyone’s talents, skills and team work. There will be ways that everyone can contribute whether indoors, by helping with planning, research and seed sowing, or outdoors with planting, watering and nurturing. Those with garden experience will teach those that haven’t gardened before. Those that are creative will help design the garden patch. We know that there is a well-spring of knowledge and experience amongst our residents, day guests and staff.

Gardening is known to have many benefits including improved mental well-being, increased physical activity and a great way to bring people together.

The project is encouraging innovation and different elements of conservation; including wonderful plants, creative upcycling, and encouraging more birds, bees and butterflies into the beautiful gardens. The project also includes an edible element, with suggestions from their catering teams of vegetables and herbs to grow which can be included in future menus. Some are expected to be really competitive with trying to grow the largest vegetables.

We know everyone will all take great joy from creating, planting, nurturing and watching their garden grow – and possibly eating some of it.

Being a Charity, we are welcoming resources and support towards the garden projects. Would you or a local group, school or company like to donate any gardening items, cuttings, seeds or equipment? Or do you know someone up for the role of garden judging in August? If you can help please contact Marketing and Fundraising Manager via email at Kelly.richardson@lilianfaithfull.co.uk

The garden patches need to be ready for the judges to view on Thursday 12 August. The names of the judges will be revealed closer to the time. To follow their progress until, then look out for updates via our social media pages @Lilian Faithfull

To offer help to the home or hub which is local to you, visit our Contact Us page: www.lilianfaithfull.co.uk/contact